BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Programme Aims and Objectives

 Introduction

 

Rationale

Purchasing plays a major role of economic activities in Zambia.  The level of economic activities involving purchasing and supply functions has brought both opportunities and challenges in both the private and public sectors. The key attribute the marketplace now seeks in purchasing and supply management is the ability to ensuring continuity of supply in line with business requirements, the appropriate management of risks, effective supplier relationship management and the attainment of value for money through influencing both operational, tactical and strategic decisions. Purchasing and Supply management positions are now intended to provide more value to customers, establish market differentiation, develop lasting supplier relationships and become flexible and agile, hence the need for specialized competencies in this field.

 

Aims of the programme

The aim of the programme is to develop a range of technical and transferable soft skills to equip students with knowledge, skills and required attributes to enable them effectively and competently procure, store and monitor goods, services and works of varying degrees of complexity and value on behalf of the organization or client to national and international approved standards especially in the private sector.

Objectives of the programme

  • To be a stimulating academic experience engendering an understanding of the complex and subtle relationships at play in production and operations management.
  • To provide a framework in which to broaden, deepen, extend and apply knowledge and understanding and enable the learner to creatively review, develop, synthesize, resolve and critically evaluate and address any operational Challenge in the Business Environment

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Programme Details


YEAR 1

  • BSP 110 Principles of Economics

    Study and Methodology of Economics
    
    Central Problems of Economics
    
    Consumer behavior         
    
    Demand and Supply 
    
    The theory of production and cost
    
    Market Structures
    
    Business Organizations
    
    National income and product
    
    Determinants of planned expenditure
    
    Money, interest rates and monetary policy
    
    Fiscal policy
  • BSP 140 Business Mathematics

    NON CALCULUS
    • EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES
    • FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS
    • TYPES OF FUNCTIONS
    • MATRIX ALGEBRA
    • MATHEMATIC OF FINANCE
    CALCULUS
    • Limits and Continuity
    • Differentiation
    • Curve Sketching
    • Differentiation and Applications
    • Multi-Variable Calculus
    • Integration and Application
    • First and Second Order Differential Equations
     
  • BSP 150 Principles of Management

    Unit 1: The concept of an Organization Unit 2: Historical Overview of management Unit 3: Conceptual framework of Management Unit 4:Management Functions:  Planning Unit 5: Organizing Unit 6: Motivation and Leadership Unit 7: Control Unit 8: Issues in Management.  
  • BSP 151 Business Communication

    Unit 1: The communications process
    
    Unit 2: Study and  learning  guide
    
    Unit 3: Effective writing
    
    Unit 4: Report writing
    
    Unit 5: Effective speaking
    
    Unit 6: Effective meeting
    
    Unit 7: Job seeking skill
  • BSP 170 Materials Science

    Unit 1: INTRODUCTION

    Unit 2: STRUCTURE OF SOLIDS, CRYSTALLINE AND AMORPHOUS SOLIDS

    Unit3: INTRODUCTION TO PHASE DIAGRAMS

    Unit 4: HEAT TREATMENT OF STEEL, THE IRON-CARBON PHASE DIAGRAM, HARDENING, “T.T.T.”

    Unit5: GLASSES AND CERAMICS

    Unit 6: MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS, MATERIAL SELECTION BASED ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES.

    Unit7: FRACTURE STRENGTH

    Unit8: BEND, IMPACT, COMPRESSION, TORSION TESTING.

    Unit9: CORROSION OF METALS

YEAR 2

  • BSP 244: Business Statistics

    1.0 Descriptive statistics
    
    2.0 Basic  concepts  of  probability
    
    3.0 Discrete and  continuous  random  variables.
    
    4.0 Importance of the normal distribution.
    
    5.0 Sampling theory
    
    6.0 Estimation theory
    
    7.0 Hypothesis testing
    
    8.0 Regression analysis
    
    9.0 Time Series
    
    10.0 Chi square as a test of independence
    
    11.0 Non parametric methods
    
    12.0 Decision  theory
  • BSP 220 Financial Accounting

    Unit 1: INTRODUCTION
    
    Unit 2: ACCOUNTING MODEL, RECORDING TRANSACTIONS, REPORTING RESULTS
    
    Unit3: YEAR-END ADJUSTMENTS
    
    Unit 4: MANUFACTURING ACCOUNTS
    
    Unit5: INCOMPLETE RECORDS
    
    Unit 6: INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS
    
    Unit7: INTRODUCTION TO PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTS (Partnership Act 1890)
    
    Unit8: INTRODUCTION TO THE ACCOUNTS OF LIMITED COMPANIES
    
    Unit9: USES AND INTERPRETATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
  • BSP 236: Operations Management

    Unit 1: Introduction to Operations Management
    
    Unit 2: Objectives and Strategies of Operations Management
    
    Unit 3: Operations Process
    
    Unit 4: Demand Forecasting in Operations Management
    
    Unit 5: Inventory Management
    
    Unit 6: Managing Demand
    
    Unit 7: Master Production Scheduling (MPS)
    
    Unit 8: Requirement Planning-MRP, MRPII and ERP
    
    Unit 9: Planning and Control in Operations Management:
  • BSP 238: PRODUCTIVITY AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

    The main topics include; Productivity and its role in the organization, Work study, The human factor in the application of work study method study. Recording and analysis of existing methods using process charts, flow diagrams, two handed process charts, multi-activity charts and other recording technique and devices. Development of new methods using work place layout procedures, jigs, clamps, hoppers and power-assisted tooling, Working conditions and environment. Housekeeping, Facility location selection of a particular location –multi-plant location problem. Selection of buildings, single story, multi story. Legal requirements, factories acts, etc.
  • BSP 241: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING

    Unit 1 Information 
    
    Unit 2 Hardware
    
    Unit 3 Software
    
    Unit 4 Computerised Information Systems

YEAR 3

  • BSP 340: Operations Research

    1.Introduction to Linear Programming (LP)
    
    The Simplex Algorithm
    
    Sensitivity Analysis and Duality
    
    Transportations, Assignment and Transshipment Problems
    
    Network Models
    
    Decision Making Under Uncertainty
    
    Queuing Theory – Introduction
    
    Simulation
  • BSP 320 Cost and Management Accounting

    Introduction to cost accounting
    
    Cost Accounting terms
    
    Classification of Costs
    
    Cost behavior
    
    Accounting for elements of cost
    
    Information for decision making
    
    Marginal Vs Absorption Costing
    
    Activity Based Costing (ABC)
    
    Standard Costing and variance Analysis
    
    Cost- Volume- Profit (C-V-P) Analysis
    
    Job and Batch Costing
    
    Contract Costing
    
    Operation and service costing
    
    Process Costing
    
    Further Aspects of Process Costing
    
    15.Budgets and Budgetary Control
  • BSP 352 Operations strategy (New Entry)

  • BSP 350 Organisational Behaviour and Design

  • BSP 330 RISK MANAGEMENT

    • INTRODUCTION TO RISK MANAGEMENT IN BANKING
    • MANAGEMENT OF CREDIT RISK
    • CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT TWO – SECURITIZATION AND THE 2007 FINANCIAL CRISIS
    • MANAGEMENT OF MARKET RISK
    • MANAGEMENT OF INTEREST RATE RISK
    • MANAGEMENT OF LIQUIDITY RISK
    • FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES
    • REGULATORY CAPITAL: BASLE I AND II AND II.5
    • CASE STUDIES ON RISK MANAGEMENT FAILURES IN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
    • RISK MANAGEMENT LESSONS – AN ETHICAL APPROACH TO RISK MANAGEMENT
  • BSP 332 STORES MANAGEMENT

    Unit 1: Introduction to stores management
    
    Unit 2: Identification of Materials
    
    Unit 3: Receipt and issuing of materials
    
    Unit 4: Procedures, Records and Systems
    
    Unit 5: Materials accounting
    
    Unit 7: Stock Checking and Stocktaking
    
    Unit 8: Organization of stores and stockyards
    
    Unit 9: Stores Operations
    
    Unit 5: Material Handling and Warehousing
    
    Unit 10: Safety, Environment and Health
    
    Unit 11: Scrap and Surplus materials
    
    Unit 12: Computerization of the stores function

YEAR 4

  • BSP 442: Quality Management

  • BSP 482: Purchasing and Supply Strategy

  • BSP 462: Industrial Marketing

  • BSP 451: Industrial Placement

  • BSP 400: Project (Thesis guidelines)

    1.0 The Role of Business Research
    
    2.0 Problem Definition and the Research Proposal
    
    3.0 Exploratory Research and Qualitative analysis
    
    4.0 Survey Research
    
    5.0 Measurement and Scaling Concepts
    
    6.0 Attitude Measurement
    
    7.0 Questionnaire Design
    
    8.0 Sample Designs and Sampling Procedures
    
    9.0 Univariate Analysis
  • 2 BSP 470: Project Management

    Introduction
    
    Personal characteristics of Entrepreneurs
    
    Business and Business Activities
    
    Small Business Start-Ups
    
    Leadership
    
    Risk Taking
    
    Decision Making
    
    Using Time Effectively
    
    Business Planning
    
    Searching for Business Opportunities
    
    Selecting Business and Professional Advisers
    
    Find the Right Project
    
    Planning and Costing the Project 
    
    Sources of Finance for Small Business
    
    Choosing a Work Place
    
    Financial Action Plans
    
    Financial Success through People
  • BSP 490: Intellectual Property